Tavel Rosé, Vieilles Vignes, Tardieu-Laurent 2014

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Tavel Rosé, Vieilles Vignes, Tardieu-Laurent 2014

14.50

This rosé received a whopping 92 points in Robert Parker’s ‘The Wine Advocate’, the second-highest score of all the 198 rosés reviewed. They describe it as being “up with the crème de la crème of Tavel”, the small town just outside Chateauneuf-du-Pape, considered to be the finest terroir for French rosé. This isn’t a “swimming pool” rosé, as the French disparagingly call those pale pink rosés from Provence, this has body, texture and complexity, a wine that can be enjoyed on its own, but will stand up to rich food, especially garlic-laden dishes, where many a more insipid rosé will make its excuses and leave. Made from organically-farmed 50 year old vines, this is the first time since Tardieu-Laurent was established in 1994 that Michel Tardieu has produced a rosé, so it’s a wine with serious intentions, not an afterthought from the red wine-making process. 

The Wine Advocate: “Up with the crème de la crème of Tavel, the vibrant pink/raspberry coloured 2014 Tavel Vieilles Vignes from Michel Tardieu is a killer, full-bodied, rich and textured rosé that still stays fresh and lively, with beautiful purity and precision on the palate. Giving up lots of raspberry, watermelon, flower and even a touch of minerality with air, it should be at its best by the time you read this, and drink nicely into 2016.” 92 points

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